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  • WildWayzWildWayz Frets: 4
    Here goes :)

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Encore Strat - around urm '91-ish

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    If I still had it, my old Ibanez JS1000 BTB.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    N/A

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    An Ibanez RG6PCMLTD-SRG

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Currently, Elixir 10-46. Trying out different ones though - used to swear by Super Slinkies.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Me

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Only gigged once. Probably would throw up. Or need the loo.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I went on it.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't try to be someone you are not. Be you and push forward.

    Guitar(s): Ibanez RG6PCMLTD, Yamaha Pacifica 311H, Line 6 Variax Standard Amp: Presonus Eris E4.5 Active Studio Monitor Speakers, Peavey ValveKing II 50w Tube Amp  | Effects: Line 6 Helix LT
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  • gitapikgitapik Frets: 17
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheapo Goya classical. Age 13.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    NOOOOooooo!!! Guess it's my LP but why did you have to do that to me?
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    '69 Les Paul Custom. My first "great" guitar. 
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Pretty happy with what I've got, at the moment. 
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Carl Mangan 10s. Pure Nickel for the maple boards and Nickel Wound for the rosewoods.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I'd take a couple of the longer tunes with vocals off my CD. I put them there more for sentimental than practical reasons.
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Scales and arpeggios.
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Finishing packing up. If it went well, I'm definitely having a drink. If not, I'm going home.
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Solo classical gig. Into it, head down near the sound hole. The entire bridge gives out. Tears away from the body and smacks me full force in the temple. Knocks me off the stool. The silver lining: audience chipped in big time for the coming repair work!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice everyday. Even when you don't want to. If you don't feel the inspiration, just work on scales/arpeggios/licks to a metronome or drum machine. That way you're keeping your technique sound for the next time when the muse pays you a visit.

    G.A.S. = "Git a Sound"
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2293
    edited May 2017
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    No name steel string acoustic. Aged ten or eleven.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Fender Relic '51 No Caster

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1965 Gibson Melody Maker (single pickup, body style 3)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Gibson ES-335, maybe.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Too many to list.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Replace my vocal contributions.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Rechecking things that I already checked.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Emptying my bladder. (Well, you DID ask.)

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Emptying ... No! Trying to work with an indifferent drummer.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    None. I know that my younger self would not take any notice.
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • punchesjudypunchesjudy Frets: 70

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    Some classical thing when i was about 8? Think it was a hohner.  

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My knackered Strat. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Said knackered strat. Its a mix of a few Fenders. Body being a 96 I think. Nothing fancy. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Yesterday I would have said a Fender Offset Tele.. But i just bought it. . So maybe a Caroline Kilobyte delay. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'add 11s electric. Martin extra lights acoustic. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Use a Fuzzface instead of a muff on track 3 of an ep my band did many years back. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Worrying. Drinking. Worrying some more. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Trying to leave without being seen. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Amp fell off of table onto a Micro Korg.. That was fun. Amp was fine, Korg was knackered. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Have fun and stop learning RATM songs. 
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  • BorkBork Frets: 80
    edited May 2017
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A 1987 poo green Chandler Custom Stratocaster with solid quilted maple body.  I still have it although the only thing that is original is the wood.  Everything else has been replaced. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Alembic bass.  p

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1978 Musicman Stingray

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Build my own take on a Yamaha MSG

    5: What strings do you use?
    Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrid 009

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?  
    I haven't recorded on guitar yet.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Thinking about the first eight bars of the first song. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Quickest way to pack and load up without leaving anything unsecured or unsupervised.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Battery on wireless unit gave out.  I never used rechargables again - they give out with almost no warning. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?  
    How young?  I'm 45 and didn't take up guitar seriously until 3 years ago.
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  • Hey everyone....

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    1979 Peavey T60, wish I still had it too!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My '99 Gibson Les Paul Standard.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1976 Pearl SG (Matsumoko built)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    90’s Les Paul Junior

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D’Addario 9’s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I don’t record.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Don’t gig.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    5 mins after what…

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    N/A

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about 
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  • HoarasaurusHoarasaurus Frets: 6
    edited May 2017

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get?
    A 12 string EKO ranger, with only six strings on it. I had it when I was eleven, and would walk to school, playing it on the way there and back.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My 1994 Japanese Fender ’50’s’ Strat in fireburst Fotoflame. Loaded with Seymour Duncans. Many, many an adventure has been had with this, the first electric I bought.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My 1981 G&L F100 Series II. In bright yellow.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Already on the case. I’ve an electric baritone being made for me, by a local luthier Adrian Lucas. Basswood body, mahogany neck, with a Laburnum fingerboard. Gotoh 510UB Bridge, Bulldog Pickup P90’s. It’s a looker, and it’s so nearly ready.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Electric – D’Addario Nickel EXL116 11-52

    Acoustic – D’Addario Phosphor Bronze EJ24 13-56

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    That I’d had more mid in the amp EQ.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Getting excited about going on, and most likely checking my tuning.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Grinning.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Throwing up, after contracting a virus, and then having to withdraw to the toilet for the res tof the gig…

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 

    Relax, enjoy yourself. You are right to try to tread your own path, and not copy the known ‘heros’. Listen wide, and take inspiration from all walks of the musical life. 

    2005 Lowden F25
    2015 Tanglewood TW40 PAN

    1995 Japanese Fender 50’s Stratocaster Fireburst Fotoflame. 
    2012 A J Lucas Custom Electric. 
    2017 A J Lucas Custom baritone. In the making…….

    2007 Matamp King Street 1x12 Combo, 
    2013 Vox AC4TV. 
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Fender Squier Strat, I got it in 1998 as part of a starter pack thing, so you get the amp, stand, strings, etc etc all for £195 back in the day!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    That Strat.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Strat

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Kemper or Axe FX!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Balls for Electrics, I use 3 different gauges as I do a lot of drop tunings. D'addarios acoustic.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    The previous band's first recording, wish I had better humbuckers and my 6505+ sooner!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Focusing on playing a great set, going for a piss 10 times, last minute stretches.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Glugging a pint of water and still getting my stuff off stage.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Wireless transmitter coming off strap, or guitar going horrendously out of tune after first song (mainly due to it being freshly restrung and not stretched).

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get a good tutor, and get as close to those 10,000 hours of practice!
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  • artinskiartinski Frets: 9
    edited June 2017
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Yamaha Guitalele GL-1, bought it at age 35.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Diego Telecaster.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Yamaha Guitalele.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A semi-acoustic with center block. Or a jazz box...

    5: What strings do you use? 
    For Diego Telecaster: Pyramid nickel flatwounds 011-048.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Never recorded...

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    I have only gigged as a stummer so far. Honestly, I go pee. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above. :-)

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Could not remember how to start a particular song which I was supposed to start! 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Trust yours ears more 
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  • oldhorsemurphyoldhorsemurphy Frets: 25
    edited June 2017

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    A black pointy headed Aria Pro II with shark fin fretmarkers

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Actually, it would be my old P Bass

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My P Bass (had it since 1989)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Gibson J45

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball 10's

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    A track we did called Camden Market. I hate the singer, so I'd change his part

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Hurriedly trying to remember the first tune

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Speedily packing my gear away so I can then relax while everyone else dicks about

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 

    Depping with a band at a function without a monitor, poor (non-existent) sound on stage and a Drummer with an Electronic Drumkit. To say I got last is an understatement

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Play it like you mean it. Don't go in half-arsed. Oh, and smile: this is supposed to be fun after all!!

    2014 Stonebridge D32SM/ 2014 Fender American Series Tele/ 2001 Fender American Standard Strat/ 2016 Gibson USA SG Std P-90 T/ Fender Blues Deluxe/ Lots of Basses
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  • infuzedinfuzed Frets: 0

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Woolworth’s special, third hand, bought for a tenner from some older boy in school, 1977

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    2001 Tom Anderson hollow classic Strat

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1973 Fender strat

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    VoltAmps ODS custom build

    5: What strings do you use?
    Electric 10 to 52 D’Addario

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Better drummer and more time for the backing vocals.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Joking about whilst tuning my guitar for the 12th time

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Still laughing and joking about the performance with bandmates and any other interested parties.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Violently ill whilst doing a dep on a pre xmas Dover to Calais booze cruise thing as part of the onboard entertainment. We all thought we had sea legs but the English Channel totally did us. Four young guys trying to play 60’s hits to a disinterested audience whilst vomiting… the stuff of nightmares… turned down all future offers for that dep!


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Don’t get hung up on the technique, the reward is in being an integral, soulful part of the music, not showing off!





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  • neilgneilg Frets: 10
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Epiphone SG in 1988

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Ibanez Jem 7VWH

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    The SG from question 1

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Some sort of Line 6 Variax now that I've got a Helix LT

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario NYXL 9-42

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    N/A

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Never gigged so probably panic

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Have a sit down.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    N/A

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Pay more attention to rhythm instead of endless noodling.
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  • YasawasYasawas Frets: 7
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Boxing Day 1995 or 96 I spent £36 of my Christmas money on an horrendous classical guitar from Argos. I do wish I still had it though.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Fender Jaguar. A fiesta red Jag was literally the picture I had on my wall as a teenager so I was delighted when Fender brought out the Classic 60s version a few years ago and even happier to discover it was perfect for me.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1998 Fender Strat, the first good guitar I ever owned following the classical and a fairly rough Squier Strat.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I've never had a good acoustic, quite fancy a Martin DRS-1.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball. 11s on the Jag, 10s on everything else.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I would have looked after the recordings I made as a teenager better if that counts. Backed everything up to MiniDisc(!) then chucked a load of the out forgetting what was on them.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Panicking and tuning.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Shaking. I never liked playing live.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    My first gig ever was outdoors by the sea. It was freezing, my hands were numb and I kept misjudging where my fretting hand was on the neck, it was brutal.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Fuck the blues scale.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Westone Thunder 1A Bass,  1988

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gibson Les Paul Std.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Fender Acoustic 12 string (1991)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Analogueman King of tone

    5: What strings do you use? 
    DAddario  electric - 10s.  Nylon Pro Arte normal. Flat wound Chromes 11.  

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    The right notes in the right order.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Wondering why i'm here., there's clearly been some mistake.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Being manhandled by security back to  the 'punter's' area

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Nothing

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Enjoy it.
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  • FruscianteFrusciante Frets: 1
    edited July 2017



    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I got a 1991 Squier Strat from my best mate, bought it in 2005. He bought it new.


    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    The Squier strat mantioned above


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    As above

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A '60s Strat in white.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'ddario 10s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Not got that far yet!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    As above

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    A drink to get over the nerves!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Yet to do so

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice whenever you can. Learn theory. Jam with others wherever possible.
     



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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 103
    ok I'll play

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheap strat copy in 1988

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Grestch White Falcon 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1987 Strat plus in Razberry

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Probably another Grestch

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball Slinky 10s on everything 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Never recorded

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Don't gig now, but usually having a beer

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Tried to play drunk, I'm bad enough sober

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Push on through the first couple of years with a solid practice regime, 
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  • Balrog68Balrog68 Frets: 29
    1: First guitar was my dads 60s Hummingbird, which I still have!
      2: My Sunburst Fender Parlour guitar.
      3: 60s Hummingbird.
      4: What I'd like to aquire and what I will aquire are two very different things!
      5: D'Addario.
      6: Relax!
      7: Bricking it!
      8: Beer!
      9: Singers backed out at last minute and the            rest of the band are looking at me!
     10: Have more fun.
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  • Chris_JChris_J Frets: 72
    edited February 16

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Marlin Sidewinder, 1997

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gibson Es335 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    2012 Jazz Bass

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Gibson 125t Archtop

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Daddario phosphor bronze lights on acoustic, nyxl on electric 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Record more, and secretly record myself between takes as I play better

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Tuning again, beer, looking at setlist

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Beer and chatting with band mates

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Being asked to play as a stand in for an hour long set at the last minute (I was in the audience) with no setlist available. It turned out I only really knew 3 of the songs. Oh and the amp blew up so I used a spare bass amp.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    play with people more, learn songs not just bits of songs, keep playing and don't take 10 years off, oh and learn some theory 
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  • seansseans Frets: 3
    edited August 2017

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Washburn Thunder II 15 years old

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Danocaster Blackguard Tele

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    2010 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Lazy J and a 335

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Earnie Ball 10s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Work with a different singer

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Looking at a wall thinking of the set list

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Beer or Vodka, buddies

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    singer from headline act knocked out our bass player

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get a deluxe memory man and play, play, play
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  • JEPBLEPJEPBLEP Frets: 166
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    The first was an Ibanez Artist ARX-100. Embarrassingly, that was in 2006. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    A 2016 heavy relic'ed Fender Custom Shop, Mischief Maker start w/ tele neck in Olympic White.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A 2004 NOS Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Candy Apple Green with the plastic still on the pick guard.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    New fingers that know how to play guitar.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Whatever's on sale.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    You'll be grateful that I haven't recorded anything.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Never gigged. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    As above.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    As above.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get started already...
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    It was a Les Paul Replica, I don't recall the make, it was awful, neck was huge, the strings sat way to high from the frets. I got it late 90s I think, cost me a grand total of a £100, I knew nothing of guitars back then and I'm glad I let it go! 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 

    My Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 

    Early Maverick Superstrat, possibly late 90s early 00s.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 

    Friedman Double J-100 Head and matching cab! 

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Currently Jim Dunlop medium 10s 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 

    I'd name the original mix same as the final song! Hundreds of mixes and I can't find the original mix to tweek them! Lesson learnt the hard way!!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 

    Hauling gear out the way and soundcheck

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Packing up the gear! 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 

    i'll get back to you on that one!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 

    pick the guitar up earlier and work harder at it!
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I had four guitars when I was a snotty kid..today I can't justify buying even the worse of them, let alone the others..I know which was the fourth (Epi Scroll), but can't remember the order of the other 3 (LP, Strat, Tele). My advise to parents with too much money - do NOT buy your kid anything decent, chances are he turns out like me and doesn't appreciate it.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Yamaha SG 2000

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Framus Camping

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I'm currently in a Telecaster mood, so a Paisley, or a Nashville, or an Aerodyne, or a Modern Player..in fact any Tele that isn't S-S

    5: What strings do you use?
    that varies a lot, I try to think that Elixir are pretty good, but not really sure..I have no problems with Slinky either..

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    There are a couple of casettes lost in time, not sure there was anything worth preserving there..

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    I can't remember...that was like almost 40 years ago

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    see 7

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    see 7

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    LEARN TO PLAY A FEW CHORDS YOU LAZY BASTARD !

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    A horrible Woolworths ''axe'' in black with an action higher than an in prime Jim Morrison. cadged it off a mate circa 1999. Wish I still owned it for nostalgic reasons but the shredding of wrist tendons from trying to get a solid sounding b# out of it is the stuff of nightmares.
     
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 

    my 1994(ish) (I think) telecaster plus in translucent grey burst. its been in more scrapes than a west ham fan away to Chelsea in the 80s but I love her unconditionally.
     

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 

    1976 Strat hard tail. big headstock job properly road worn on stages and rehearsal rooms not a luthier's bench, battered to death aesthetically but plays like butter and sustains for ever.  
     

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 

    Christ knows. I'm currently waiting on a used mission engineering re-wah pro coming. will be nice to acquire that...if it ever arrives from the Ukraine or where ever its coming from.
     

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Ernie balls - the ones in the pink packet.
     

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 

    I wrote what I think is a masterpiece of delay drenched interlude on a song with a band I played in years ago. it was my crowning moment but the bastard engineer lost it in the mix to favour a shredding solo from my fellow band member.
     

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 

    smoking or drinking or any mixture and ratio of the above.
     

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Signing autographs and snorting substances from groupies arse cracks...nah, packing the gear away as we have the laziest drummer imaginable.
     

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 

    did a Pete Townshend style scissor jump off the kick drum landing on the edge of my pedal board and hyper extending my knee. que, three weeks off work and untold agony fit for Satan's personal collection.


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 

    don't waste your money. that 450 quid piece of gear wont make you sound better!
     

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
     I was gifted an old acoustic to learn on from a family friend, not sure of the brand,  in summer 2002...Upgraded to...an Encore Strat that Christmas!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My 50th Anniversary Standard Strat (the 2 tone burst with the '54 pups).

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The above Strat, having been made in 2004 (I'm not the first owner!)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'm not sure actually...I'm pretty happy with my hoard for what I play. I wouldn't rule out a slightly bigger amp if I wind up gigging anytime soon (Vox AC15C1 or Marshall DSL40C appeal to me as well priced workhorses that I'd be happy with) and GAS is always a thing (bit of an itch for sonic blue and rosewood, but nothing compelling me to buy). I'm probably holding out in case of something special.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Kinda in between at the moment. My Strat and Tele are moving onto Rotosound Pure Nickel 9s at the next string change. They're currently on Ernie Ball classic 9s - I'd used regular super slinkies before. My pair of Les Pauls I'm still find the balance with...they were natively on 46-9, I've tried dropping to regular 9s, now going to try 10s.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd probably record something more recently than 13 years ago!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Not gigged for a good while...watching other bands usually.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Grabbing a drink and watching the next band.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Band mate picked an argument with an ex-girlfriend in the audience. She won convincingly. He kept going back and kept having his arse handed to him.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get a good teacher! The sooner the better.
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  • FatPeteFatPete Frets: 99
    Apologies if this thread is superseded, but it looked like fun.

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Kay classical - £12.00 from a secondhand shop. Probably 1981.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Warmoth candy red Tele

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Hagstrom HIIN c. 1974. In pieces and incomplete.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A neck for my current build.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Usually Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky (9-46).

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Can't go back. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Alcohol.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Plenty of cock-ups and foolishness, but I wouldn't change any of that - worst thing really is just being under-prepared and a bit crap.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Stop being such a **** and get on with it. Some things never change.

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  • thingthing Frets: 152
    edited November 2017
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    Cheapo no name acoustic with an action like a cheesegrater and fret ends that shredded your fingers. Christmas '68 after I'd seen Jimi Hendrix on the telly and pestered my Dad for about two years.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?

    Probably my classical.


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?

    Now probably a custom made classical that I had built around 1990. I've had older stuff in the past. (Obviously, I've been playing since '68!)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?

    None really. Haven't bought anything new for years.


    5: What strings do you use?

    D'Addarios on everything.


    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?

    Leave singing to singerists.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?

    Dunno, probably reading.

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Basking in misplaced self adulation.


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?

    Knocking my pint over. I bought a pint glass holder after that.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?

    It's not about guitar, it's about music. Took me a long time to learn that.


    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 372
    1. What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    An EKO accoustic which I bought when I was 13, I think.  I still have it.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?

    See above.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 

    See above (this is easy).

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 

    I suppose I'll have to get a "proper" tube preamp fairly soon.

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Don't much care about the make, though I do like the cobalt strings I've just bought.  Since I damaged my left hand about five years ago I've gone down to using 8's, most folk go lighter as they get older anyway.  I was amazed to read recently that Pete Townshend always used 13's but now has 11's on his electrics.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?

    My singing - even worse than my guitar playing.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?

    It's quite a while since I did so I can't remember - probably still tuning up.

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Tearing down.  Either that or trying to extract money from the pub landlord.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 

    We played an open air gig in the pouring rain once where the organiser had rigged up a sort of tent arrangement for the band ("Trust me, it'll be fine...")  Towards the end of the set we noticed that a huge puddle was forming on the roof, we all looked at each other and then at all the electrical equipment and all hell broke loose.  We had just got everything back in the van when the roof gave way under the weight and we all got soaked but it could have been a lot worse.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
      
    Learn to play the piano instead.  Seriously, I think I would have been a better keyboard player...



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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1017
    Oooh.  Can I play, as I pop my first ale of the day...

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    September 1986.  My 16th birthday.  Hohner dreadnought acoustic my mum finally capitulated and bought me for my birthday after what felt like a decade of pestering.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Oh gawd.  Probably have to be my daughter's left handed burgundy mist jazzmaster.  Rare as rocking horse sh*t and she adores it.  If my own, my modded TVL jazzmaster.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1976 Yamaha SG2000.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A 12 string Rickenbacker 360.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Whatever.  Got a good deal on multipacks of Gibson 10-46s on Amazon, so using them at the moment.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Never recorded.  Still too diffident about my playing to make the leap.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Only ever gigged about 3 times, 27 years ago...  Besides sh*tting myself, probably snorting a line from between the breasts of a Penthouse Pet.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    See 7.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Going on.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Relax.
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • jdgmjdgm Frets: 6
    edited December 2017
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Yamaha FG180 acoustic from Maxwell's in Woking on my 21st birthday, 1975. Wish I still had it.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Impossible to answer this; I'd probably die choosing.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1967 Fender Telecaster.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I covet a 25-50 Les Paul or an Artisan, but more realistically those Epi Koa LPs look nice.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Cheap ones since being made redundant at end of 2014. 10 gauge on Strat/Tele, 11 on other electrics, 12 on acoustic.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Live drummer instead of drum machine.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Keeping an eye on my gear. Making sure all is as it should be.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Putting it all away.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Hmmm...in my 1st band we were so green to start with we never even discussed how many verses etc. On our 2nd gig we were playing "Crossroads" at the 'Scratches' (3 Lions) in Farncombe (late 1970s) and I was enjoying myself so much I turned round and grinned at the drummer, while nodding my head enthusiastically in time.
    He stopped. Thought I was giving him the signal to end the tune.
    At the end of the set my mate Ken came up and said "Well John you all really did go different ways at the crossroads then HAHAHAHAHAAAA!"

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Never stop believing, never stop practicing. Learn the melody.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Nasty Teisco (I think) from a second hand shop in 1977 or so. Horrible thing.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Unfair question! If I had time to think, my Jap Squier HH Strat as for about 20 years it was the only axe I had, and I've not seen another like it. If I didn't have time to think, probably Washburn WI66.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Since giving my 1970's Framus 12 string to eldest son, Jap Squier HH Strat, 1982, I think.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Probably a better 4 x 12 cab.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'Addario XLs, 10-46.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Make the big solo at the end even longer... ;-).

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Drink beer; joking around with bandmates; tactical wee. In that order.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    As above. Only sweatier.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Several occasions where songs totally fell apart, but actually I don't get too embarrassed by that kind of thing... so I'm going to say playing "Sex on Fire". It always goes down really well - which just makes it worse - but have now finally banished it from the set list.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    You know, if you stop avoiding all those parts that are too difficult to play, and instead actually worked at learning them, you'll end up being able to play them... Lazy sod. You'll see, forty years later, mark my words...
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